The Lumsdale Valley is a scheduled monument consisting of industrial mill ruins. It is a nature reserve with managed woodland.
Lumsdale Valley Status: The Lower Valley is closed.
Please do not travel to the site as there is limited parking in the area and there is no access to the Lower Pond and main mill area. Information about the Lumsdale Valley
Following the closure of Matlock’s Lumsdale valley, when overwhelming numbers of visitors came in May, the Arkwright Society has made the decision that, for reasons of public safety and for the protection of the fragile scheduled monument and woodland wildlife habitat, the Lower Pond and gorge area (owned and cared for by the Society) must remain closed for the time being.
Members of the Lumsdale Project are working towards a phased and controlled re-opening of certain areas once adequate protection is in place and hope the first area to be re-opened will be the Lower Pond.
The many public footpaths in the area are not affected.
The Arkwright Society is working with local organisations to develop a long-term plan aimed at ensuring that the valley is appreciated as a valuable educational resource, historical site and nature conservation area.
The Lumsdale Valley is a site of national archaeological and historic importance. It is owned by the Arkwright Society, an educational charity devoted to the rescue of the industrial heritage buildings & associated landscape. The mills and the associated water management features form one of the best examples in Great Britain of a water-powered industrial archaeological site. Its uniqueness comes from seeing such an extensive use of water power in such a relatively small area.
There is no designated parking in the Valley and vehicular access in the Valley is for residents only. Visitors are encouraged to park in Matlock town centre and walk to the Valley. There are also buses that run regularly along the Chesterfield Road (A 632) past the top of the Valley.
Please take care when walking down through the Valley. The route is steep, muddy and uneven, with steps and some sharp drops to the sides. Please keep to the paths.
There are no toilet/refreshment facilities or children’s play areas anywhere in the Valley.
Picnicking, paddling, swimming and climbing in the Valley are not allowed due to the risk of damage to the fragile mill ruins and the natural environment.
Please help us to take care of this very special place by respecting the wildlife, keeping to the paths, not climbing on the ruins - and taking your litter home with you.
Photography in the Valley. The Lumsdale Valley Scheduled Monument and Conservation Area is the private property of the Arkwright Society - please do not undertake any photography for commercial purposes without prior permission from the Arkwright Society.